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CANCELLATION - 24th-28th August, 2020

Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.’

David Bowie

A hundred years has passed since the Bauhaus school was founded in Germany by Walter Gropius and while many people may not be very familiar with its teaching, they will almost certainly encounter its influence as they go about their lives.

2019 sees the celebration of the centenary of a movement which set a pattern for the way we live today and its importance is almost impossible to overestimate.

Art is a continuum of great ideas. The Bauhaus teaches that many of the best ones have been done before, but you can always frame those ideas in new ways. In these days of Instagram and the never-ending stream of images passing before our eyes on an hourly basis, the need to strike out and develop one's own voice, has perhaps never been greater.

We cannot think of a better time to visit Berlin - a city offering great inspiration to the creative mind.


Led by Doug and Valda



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BERLIN - Bauhaus and Beyond

24th-28th August 2020

A free-spirited city that has long attracted artists, musicians and bohemians, Berlin was devastated during World War II, but has since rebuilt itself on the ruins of the past. Now home to some extraordinary examples of Modernist architecture, from Brutalist to Bauhaus, the city is a rich melting pot of design and creativity.

We will spend time at the Jewish Museum - a striking monument clad in zinc with sharp angles and optical illusions intended to simulate feelings of confinement and disorientation. The Norman Foster-designed glass dome of the Reichstag building will also be on our itinerary, together with a  visit to the former East, still dotted with Soviet-style high-rises in all their drab charm. 

A city of great contrasts, we will explore some of the repurposed pre-war buildings that now house museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions, giving us lots to discover in this modern metropolis.

We will also visit Dessau and the brand new Bauhaus Museum - opened in September 2019 to coincide with the centenary celebrations. Here we can look at the influences of the movement and examine the nuanced insights it gives us into German life and art.

The evenings around the meal table are a happy time for good conversation about art, photography and all things creative - a time to enjoy each others company, a time to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

If you have a non-photographic partner who would like to join us, they would be very welcome. 



Located in central Berlin, the Ellington Hotel pays homage to the Bauhaus movement.

Designed by Erich Mendelsohn in 1928,  the sleek, minimal lines of the building’s facade was a departure from the elaborate neoclassical style that was popular at that time.

It opened in 1932 as Das Ballhaus Berlins, becoming one of the city’s premier nightlife destinations and went on to become the stomping ground of the world’s most famous musicians.

Jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington, for whom the hotel is named, performed there. Louis Armstrong, Barbara Streisand, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lou Reed were among the bold names who hung out there.

We can only hope some of their creative genius rubs off on us.


24-28th August 2020

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£1,775.00 classic room

£1,875.00 superior room


Partner rate (non photographing)  £875

Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.


Four nights  single room accommodation at the ELLINGTON HOTEL including breakfast.

Transfers to and from Berlin airport (if your flight coincides with ours).

All public transport where necessary.

Tuition from Doug and Valda

Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.


24.08.20: BA0982   LHR/TXL 08:45/11:35

28.08.20: BA0993   TXL/LHR 14:35/15:35

Flying time about 1hr 50m

GMT +1 hour

Average temperature High 20°, Low 10°C


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